What is the difference between Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS)?
Personnel that are trained to the Advanced Life Support level are Paramedics. They have a much higher level of knowledge, skills and abilities that allow them to perform more invasive life saving measures on patients such as utilizing intravenous fluids and medications, intubations, 12 lead electrocardiogram administration and reading, as well as, various other techniques. To achieve Paramedic certification, personnel must participate in over 2000 hours of classroom and clinical time in an emergency department of a hospital.

Personnel trained at the Basic Life Support level are Emergency Medical Technicians and can perform basic triage and treatment techniques. However; if trained, many EMT’s can administer Narcan, Albuterol, Epinephrine, and aspirin to treat their patients who may require these medications.
Emergency Medical Technicians must participate in approximately 500 hours of classroom, clinical and mentoring time. Andover Fire Rescue operates two (2) Basic Life Support units 24/7/365.

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1. Why does a fire engine come when I call for an ambulance?
2. When is open air burning season?
3. How do I report a leaking or broken fire hydrant?
4. Why are fire engines used to block lanes on the highway when there is an emergency?
5. How do I request a copy of a car fire, fire or ambulance report?
6. Will I be charged for false alarms?
7. What is the difference between Advanced Life Support (ALS) and Basic Life Support (BLS)?
8. Can I schedule a visit to the fire station or schedule fire personnel to visit us?
9. Does Andover Fire Rescue inspect child car safety seats?
10. Can I perform Community Service at the fire station or through the fire department?
11. Can the fire department fill private swimming pools/dunk tanks with water?
12. Can the fire department come out and change the batteries in my smoke/carbon monoxide detector(s)?
13. What does it mean when my smoke or carbon monoxide alarm chirps once every few minutes?
14. Can the fire department unlock my car if I leave my keys inside?
15. What can I do with an old fire extinguisher?
16. Is it safe to throw an Ionization Smoke Alarm in household trash?
17. What can I do with an old propane cylinder?